UK MoD awards contract to BAE for battlefield network

The Ministry of Defence (MoD), United Kingdom has awarded BAE Systems an £89 million contract for bolstering battlefield network.

The focus of the contract is to enhance front-line connectivity for military personnel, linking small reconnaissance drones, combat vehicles, fighter jets, aircraft carriers and military commands.

The new five-year contract will see BAE Systems lead a consortium of trusted partners, including Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR), PA Consulting and L3Harris, to design and manufacture a deployable tactical Wide Area Network (WAN) known as ‘Trinity’.

This will deliver a highly-secure and state-of-the-art battlefield internet capability to UK forces which will sustain battlefield awareness and intelligence sharing through a myriad of adversarial attacks.

Trinity’s resilience is based on its composition.

It is made up of a series of nodes, each able to add, access and move data in a secure network.

If a number of nodes are damaged in warfare, the rest automatically re-route to maintain optimum network speed and flow of information, making it highly effective.

Noteworthy, Trinity is due to be delivered from December 2025.

Further, there will be the option to extend the contract out to a total of nine years, to cover the development throughout its life and ensure the technical design continues to evolve to meet UK Armed Forces requirements.